Police: Rochester man shot by intruder had a marijuana grow operation
A 30-year-old Rochester man was shot Wednesday afternoon in the knee by an intruder demanding marijuana, according to Rochester police.
The incident happened around 5:50 p.m. in the 3800 block of 14th Avenue NW. According to police, the victim was living in the house with his fiancée and their three children, all under 12 years old.
According to the police, the suspect entered the residence and confronted the victim on the stairway of the home. The victim’s family was upstairs at the time.
When the suspect demanded the victim to bring his family downstairs and give him marijuana, the victim reportedly resisted and the suspect shot him in the knee with a handgun.
Police say this is not a random crime. Although the victim did not personally know the suspect, police discovered a marijuana grow operation in the basement of the residence.
After the victim was shot, he guided the suspect downstairs and handed over an unknown amount of marijuana. The victim’s fiancée fled the residence with the children and called 911.
The victim is currently in the hospital and is cooperating with the police to further the investigation, which is currently ongoing at this time. He could face charges for the marijuana grow operation.
The suspect is described as a black male, about 6'4", between 240-250 pounds. He has short black hair and was last seen wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Rochester & Olmsted County at 1-800-222-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.